Good Wear, Fave Contracts.

Discussion in 'Outerwear' started by Sloan1874, Feb 27, 2016.

  1. HPA Rep

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    Thanks, pal! I think my reaction would be like yours. I'd love to see this and shall put it on my list for this year when I'm down hitting NARA. Gay's story is incredible, and while there's some revisionism at work now that claims he couldn't have had quite the ringside seat to the entire battle as he claimed, whatever really happened, just surviving is incredible enough.
     
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    Thank you, Devilish!
     
  3. Brettafett

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    Heres a comparison between my GW RW 1401 on left and my new ELC RW 1401 on right. These jackets were purchased months apart between late 2015 and 2016.
    GW vs ELC RW1401 comparrison.png I will be honest, they are both exceptional jackets, but for me, my ELC narrowly beats the GW.

    As for top GWs... Hard to pick one.
    I love the look of the Monarch, Star and Bronco. Still like his RW1401.
    I would need to try them all on ;)
     
  4. ProteinNerd

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    @Brettafett it's the same jacket![emoji13]

    ...you guys into the military stuff are crazy....[emoji6]

    Lucky it's a nice jacket so it's ok to have a backup
     
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  5. Brettafett

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    Yeah, just shows how good both these makers are!
    Only have the ELC. Its my single and sole A-2 jacket (not to say there won't be another in the future ;)
     
  6. mendelboaz

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    Congrsts on the order, Craig. Looks like you and me can share our GW jacket love 1.5-2 years from now. I put in an order for a Bronco last November, can't believe it's only been three months. Did you ever consider the Bronco? Coolest A-2 out there IMO. I just changed my order to a Modoc the other day. That jacket just...does it for me, in every single way.
     
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  7. handymike

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    ^^ Well done!
     
  8. nick123

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    Agreed, I think the ELC suits your frame better. Both phenomenal though.
     
  9. nick123

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    Not a better day on the Lounge when a dude gets a new GW. I love those threads. Congrats you two.
     
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  10. Cooper A-2

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    Both are superb jackets, well made in every detail.
    thx John and Gary for making it possible.
     
  11. Marv

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    Here are couple of shots of my GW RW 27752 (manufactured in 2013) and my Eastman RW 27752 (manufactured in 2011) both a tad too big on me now

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  12. aswatland

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    I think both look excellent Paul. I do prefer a more generous fit in an A2 and they do not seem at all too big for you.
     
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  13. Marv

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    cheers Andrew, the photos don't really do either jacket justice but I would say that the GW is bigger size wise compared to the ELC and has better hide (shinki) but the ELC fits a little better but still a bit too big though.

    to be honest, I haven't worn an A2 since October last year and that was my Eastman RW, since then over winter it has been all Navy with my G1s (both original and repro) and N1 getting a lot of use until I got my ELC B-10 which just tops the lot for comfort and warmth, I can see why the USAAF pilots couldn't wait to swap their A2 for the B-10.
     
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  14. ProteinNerd

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    Is it common for the guys into the military jackets to buy the same contract jacket just from different makers?

    I'm just curious as it seems that would be like me buying a Buco J100 from Diamond Dave and another from John at Goodwear....this is something I would NEVER even consider, I'd rather get a completely different jacket style and not double up so to speak.
     
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  15. Sloan1874

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    I saw a Star contract in American Classics on Friday and frankly the collar stitching was sub-par. I'm surprised it was allowed out of the factory.
     
  16. Brettafett

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    The RW1401 is my fav A-2 contract. I sold all my jackets and waited 2 years for my GW, but when it arrived there were a couple of issues. In that time, ELC had revamped their RW1401 (and acquired their vintage havana hide, which is simply gorgeous). I happened to be in London and they had my size, so I tried one and was blown away. I needed slight lengthening, so that took a few weeks, but what I received is the best A-2 I have owned.
    So, this is my one and only A-2 jacket. It took a while, and a few jackets, but I finally received what I was after.
    I also own an ELC B-10, circa 2005. Its just my favourite jacket ever.
     
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  17. Gav

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    Well, I bought one from tiltrotorflyer in the classifieds. Should be here this week!
     
  18. AdeeC

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    In the link below is the only Good Wear I own. A Security Aviation Togs A-2 which I bought from here about a year ago. I like it because it diverges significantly from my other A-2's whilst still being an A-2. Major differences from typical A-2's are;
    Buttons instead of snaps on pockets.
    What appears to be a silk lining.
    Commercial manufacturers label.
    Rudimentary Collar hook.
    Grommet zipper larger size than usual.
    The leather I believe is light russet Shinki which is much lighter than the photos. Almost a darker shade of tan. Fit to me appears more generous than the other early A-2's. Quality is outstanding as to be expected. Other than GW's SAT, Real McCoy's now have an almost exact very expensive new SAT version on sale. Not be confused with their not so accurate earlier version.



    http://www.thefedoralounge.com/threads/good-wear-security-aviation-togs-leather-jacket-size-42.80881
     
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  19. Technonut

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    I'll add my GW Perry Sportswear 23377 to the mix. :) This contract was in goatskin, while the majority of Perry's were in horse. Distinguishing features include: (copied from Acme Depot & GW)
    This one sports the unique 3-piece inner wind flap, genuine vintage Conmar zipper, and NOS United Carr snaps. The hide used is VERY sturdy russet vegetable-tanned Indian goatskin, which is grainy, and a dead-ringer for period goatskin. ;)

    I like the smaller collar with collar-stand construction, and the rounded tips. The roomier shoulders and sleeve tops make for about the most comfortable A-2 I've had the pleasure of owning. It is great for some layering, which makes the jacket more versatile for cold weather. Here is a link to pics when it was new. (JC plans on using these pics to represent this Perry contract on his site when he has the time ;) )

    http://www.goodwearleather.com/perry_23377/

    Here is a pic of me wearing it:

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  20. Sloan1874

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    Great to see all these GWs. Keep 'em coming!
     

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